Published: 16/10/2011 17:00 - Updated: 14/10/2011 14:09

Patricia Niemann's work is 'Making Progress' at Swanson Gallery in Thurso

Caithness artist Patricia Niemann, whose work is now on show in the Swanson Gallery in Thurso.
Caithness artist Patricia Niemann, whose work is now on show in the Swanson Gallery in Thurso.

AN exhibition of work from three Highland craft makers opened in the Swanson Gallery in Thurso on Friday.

Four artists were selected last year for the Highlands and Islands Arts-run mentoring scheme, ‘Making Progress’, with their solo exhibitions showing at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery throughout this summer.

Three of the exhibitions, including Latheron-based goldsmith and designer Patricia Niemann’s work, will be on display in the Swanson Gallery until November 5 before moving to the St Fergus Gallery in Wick from November 19 until the end of the year.

As well as Niemann’s Far North-inspired work, visitors will also be able to take in the exhibitions from Caroline Dear, of Skye, and Jennifer Cantwell, from Forres, as well as one of the mentors, Deirdre Nelson.

The fourth maker, Nick Ross, currently has an exhibition in Berlin and is unable to take part in the group show.

Since last November the crafters have been working with the two mentors – Neilson and Gilly Langton – as well as HI-Arts craft development co-ordinator Pamela Conacher and the Highlife Highland Exhibitions Unit to develop their skills and increase their business awareness.

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